Disadvantages consolidating schools backdating the
The renewed interest in consolidation is due in part to interest in more efficiency and cost effectiveness in public education.
Consolidation has been used by some states as a means to promote efficiency.
Still others find that savings depend on the size of the schools that consolidate, with smaller schools benefiting more than others.
Public Sector Consultants believes that the net savings or costs of merging depend on the circumstances of the districts considering the consolidation; automatic savings cannot be assumed.
Since the early 1900s, school district mergers have reduced the number of school districts in Michigan by 92 percent, bringing the current number to 562 (including K–6 and K–8 districts.).The new district operates under a single name, administration, and school board.Board members are elected at large from the new district, they appoint a new superintendent, and a new labor contract is negotiated with the combined teachers and staffs.Potential costs and benefits of school district consolidation are controversial.Proponents say it is efficient, because merging two or more school districts creates economies of scale, eliminates duplicate positions, and creates administrative efficiency.